For the first time a film crew is allowed in Zograf monastery, Mount Athos
The producers are starting a crowdfunding campaign for finishing funds
For the first time a film crew is allowed to shoot so closely the extremely conservative and isolated community in one of the 20 Eastern Orthodox monasteries on Mount Athos, where only men are allowed. The feature length documentary The Garden of Theotokos, a PavloFFilms production, is a close look into the monastic life in the Holy Monastery of Zografou “St. George”. It tells the mysterious story of an icon of the Assumption.
The trailer of the film is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mpw2lOVf4Ko
Director Borislav Pavlof has gained exclusive access to film in Zograf monastery thanks to personal relations with the monks developed over the course of more than 10 years. In order to finish the film the producers are looking for support through a crowdfunding campaign, which started on 7th April, and is available on the Indiegogo platform: https://igg.me/at/Athos
The Garden of Theotokos tells the story of an icon that came to the monastery in a mysterious way 30 years ago. The inexplicable event changed the life of a Cyprus major-general who donated it to the monastery. The film follows the daily life of the monks who cook, clean, chop wood, paint icons. They tell this curious story and reflect on the miracles that happen every day. Never before have monks from Mount Athos shared their life so openly and given such personal and honest interviews.
The Garden of Theotokos is the first feature length film for PavloFFilms – a Bulgarian production company, started by director Borislav Pavlof and screenwriter Silvia Stoyanova, that specializes in creative documentaries.